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The threat of a terror attack looms large over the capital. An intelligence agency on Saturday received a specific input about a possible strike being planned by Islamic State operatives in the coming days. The input, accessed by TOI, mentions human intelligence sources stating that two Pakistani terrorists, who were operating in Shopian region of J&K till now, had moved out to launch a terror attack somewhere in the mainland. “The terrorists owe their allegiance to ISIS and are using Telegram to communicate,” it added.

The agency was given the tip-off that the two terrorists had left the Valley last week by road and were going to reach Delhi in a couple of days.
Security has been stepped up in Delhi and efforts are on to disperse the crowd gathered at various interstate bus terminals and at the UP border. Police of states like Punjab and metros like Mumbai have also been alerted. Continue reading

SOURCE:  SUNDAY GUARDIAN LIVE

A total of 9,308 military personnel from 103 countries had participated in the 10-day military world games, also called the Olympics of the military, that was held in Wuhan, Hubei, from 18-27 October 2019. On 17 November 2019, less than 20 days after the event had ended, China identified the first Covid-19 patient, a 55-year-old man from Wuhan, which has now emerged as the ground-zero of the pandemic. India, too, had sent a delegation of about 100 personnel from which 10 won medals. Other major participants were the US, which had sent a team of 300 men, France, Italy, Germany and Brazil.

These games are held every four years. However, this time, the games were special as it was for the first time that the games were not confined to the military bases like in the past, but a separate athletes’ village was built in Wuhan. The athletes’ village was built in an area of 5,65,000 square meters, comprising about 35 blocks and is located on the bank of Huangjia Lake, Jiangxia district, Wuhan. The village is less than 20 km (as the crow flies) from Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market which is regarded as the place from where the pandemic started spreading and 13 km from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a state owned state-of-the-art laboratory that works extensively in the field of virus study. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Tribune

Expressions of popular discontent, rare in China because of the risk of punishment, are increasing and mounting pressure on Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Widespread anger among Chinese citizens at the lack of transparency and withholding of information about the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic fanned the latent discontent, which, provoked by the abolition of term-limits on appointments to China’s apex posts, has been simmering since the 19th Party Congress in October 2017. The death of Wuhan hospital doctor Li Wenliang spiked this discontent.

A number of reputed citizens, including party cadres, or at the least party members, and at least one former member of the CCP’s 350-odd member powerful Central Committee (CC), have been blunt in their criticism of Xi Jinping and his policies. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Men in uniform have always fascinated Bollywood filmmakers. Films such as Haqeeqat, Saat Hindustani, Border, Lakshya, LOC Kargil and in recent times, Uri, have all been based on real stories. The box office too has rewarded these stories time and again. In fact, filmmaker Meghana Gulzar will soon start working on her next which is based on Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw and will star Vicky Kaushal in the lead.

While these filmmakers have been focussing on telling stories through the three-hour format, the need for a more elaborate platform has pushed filmmakers to move to the OTT platform. It started with Bard of Blood produced by Shah Khan’s Red Chillies, which was about a disgraced intelligence agent. Continue reading

SOURCE: SUNDAY GUARDIAN LIVE

While over 200 countries worldwide are battling to win the war against the “Wuhan virus” (the taxonomy wing of the WHO has named the virus Covid-19), Chinese envoys, state-sponsored media and its propaganda machinery are in a damage control mode to save “Brand China” that has been hit by the outbreak of the deadly virus.

Sources said that China is pumping in huge money to help maintain its brand, and for that, Chinese authorities across the world are using several tools, ranging from pushing fake narrative to engaging with country heads and pleading them for sympathy China has been facing a longstanding mistrust from the West and with the spread of the virus, the same mistrust has widened. Now, China is appealing for sympathy, but those attacking China accuse it of hiding the truth and making the situation worse. Experts say that a pandemic like the current one that the world is facing will be over after sometime, but it will leave China “unmasked” forever. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Former Navy Chief Admiral L Ramdas has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deploy the armed forces to deliver food to millions of migrant workers and poor people across the country, saying the government must help them in their battle for survival under “unprecedented” circumstances.

Ramdas said India is faced with the twin challenge of the coronavirus as well as adverse affects of “global economic pandemic” resulting severe hardships to marginalised section of the society, and immediate action should be taken to help them. After India went under a 21-day lockdown, hundreds of migrant workers, without food and shelter, were seen taking journeys for hundreds of kilometres on foot in various parts of the country. Continue reading

SOURCE: SPUTNIK

The COVID-19 outbreak in India has left 19 dead and currently there are 909 confirmed cases, including 47 foreign nationals, according to the Health and Family Welfare Ministry. India went into complete lockdown at midnight on 24 March and will remain so until 14 April in order to break the infection cycle of the disease.

A medical cure for the deadly viral infection, which has left a trail of deaths across countries and affected tens of thousands, still remains a distant reality. But alumni from two premier institutes in India – the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) in West Bengal and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi – have developed a device called “Airlens Minus Corona” which could deactivate the life of the coronavirus using charged or ionised water droplets. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) North West Vijayanta Arya and her team have taken responsibility for providing essential items to refugees from Pakistan living at a camp in Majlis Park for during the 21-day lockdown period.

“There are around 280 families at this refugee camp in Majlis Park. Their livelihood is disturbed due to lockdown. We got information that these people are in great need. We have decided to support people of this camp during the 21 days of the lockdown period. We will provide the essential items including food and medicine,” Arya told ANI. Continue reading

SOURCE: BUSINESS TODAY

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is trying to develop ‘multi-patient ventilators’, wherein several patients can be supported by a single ventilator to meet the huge demand if the Covid-19 outbreak goes out of control.

“This innovation is expected to be available within a week. Around 5,000 ventilators will be produced in the first month and 10,000 subsequently. The DRDO has identified local alternatives to the supply of critical components. Already Secretary (Pharmaceuticals) has identified nine companies for design transfer to produce and Anand Mahindra for the fabrication of components. Each ventilator unit will cost around Rs four lakh,” the government said in a statement. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

India has shifted its diplomats and staff from its consulates in the Afghan cities of Herat and Jalalabad to Kabul in view of the fast-spreading coronavirus cases in Afghanistan, which shares a long border with Iran, one of the worst-hit countries by the pandemic. Government sources said all Indian staff at the two consulates were brought to Kabul as part of precautionary measures following the swelling number of coronavirus cases in the country.

According to the figures given by the Afghan government, a total of 110 people have been infected by the virus in the country, although the real figures are believed to be far higher. Health experts believe the actual number could be higher as several provinces in the country do not have facilities to carry out a laboratory test to check the infection. Continue reading

SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

Amid the rising cases of the coronavirus COVD-19 worldwide, the Pakistani Army is unwilling to close the mosques across the country fearing backlash from the fundamentalist clerics. The fact remains that the fundamentalist clerics are crucial for Pakistan’s proxy wars in Afghanistan and India, especially Jammu and Kashmir.

The Imran Khan-led government is unable to take any step as fundamentalist clerics have the support of the Pakistan Army. The current scenario gives rise to a major concern as the mosques nationwide remain open for Friday Namaz as well as daily prayers. Pakistan has already crossed 1,200 confirmed cases including 10 deaths due to COVID-19. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Virologist Meenal Dhakale Bhosale of Pune-based Mylab Discovery Solution has developed a cost-effective Indian made COVID-19 testing kit. The kit will soon be available for commercial use. Interestingly, Meenal who became a mother recently, invented the kit with help from her colleagues at the lab before the delivery. The kit has been submitted to the National Institute of Virology, Pune.

The effort of Meenal was praised by industrialist Anand Mahindra and Kiran Mazumdar Shaw. Mahindra in his tweet said: “Ms Bhosale, you delivered not the kit and your baby but you also delivered the ray of hope to this country. We stand and salute you.” Continue reading

SOURCE: NPN

Amid COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, the Naga Students’ Organization (NSO), Myanmar has claimed that joint military operations by the government of Myanmar and India was being carried out in the northern western parts of Naga Self-Administered Zone (SAZ), Sagaing Region of Myanmar bordering India.

NSO through its media cell has appealed to the governments of India and Myanmar to promote peace and tranquillity besides development in the field of education, healthcare and socio-economy in Naga Hills instead of war. NSO said that Naga villagers continue to live in fears and trauma under the military forces, adding that their voice and cries have gone unheard. Continue reading

SOURCE: SUNDAY GUARDIAN LIVE

American lawyer Larry Klayman, who has filed a $20 trillion lawsuit against the Chinese government, believes that the US intelligence agencies have evidence to prove beyond doubt that Covid-19 is a biological weapon. Klayman, who filed the class action suit (a suit where a group of people come together to sue the defendant) against China on 17 March, stated in his suit that the virus was developed in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

“The only bioweapons laboratory in China is in Wuhan. Two plus two equals four. We will get discovery on US intelligence agencies. They (US intelligence agencies) know,” Klayman told The Sunday Guardian. In the American legal system, parties to the dispute can obtain evidence from a third party by using means such as interrogatories, requests for production of documents and government records through “discovery”, which is a pre-trial procedure. Continue reading

SOURCE: TIMES NOW

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh who had called the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 divisive and passed a resolution against it has now sought help from the MEA for the evacuation of Sikh families stranded in Afghanistan. “Dear S. Jaishankar, there are a large number of Sikh families who want to be flown out of Afghanistan,” the Chief Minister tweeted. Requesting the MEA to airlift the Sikhs at the earliest, Singh said, “In this moment of crisis, it’s our bounden duty to help them.”

Jaswant Singh Thekedar, the founder of Dal Khalsa – a Sikh separatist organisation, has also requested the Indian government to shelter the remaining families of Sikhs and Hindus from Afghanistan. Amarinder Singh’s statement comes after armed terrorists affiliated to the Islamic State killed 25 civilians in a terror attack on the 400-year-old Gurdwara in Shor Bazar in Kabul on Wednesday. Continue reading